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What Are The Limitations Of Satellite Internet Technology?

Satellite Internet is becoming a major competitor to cable providers. The main point for employing such systems is getting high-speed data traffic in areas that do not have access to cable, broadband or DSL connection. The technology is definitely a major breakthrough, allowing remote communities to get connected to the Web. However, this does not mean that there is not still much work to do to improve the system. While, sometimes, it is the only possible solution to get Internet access, it is also true that it can also have bothering limitations. Here are the main issues users found in this technology. Rush Hours While, generally, satellite Internet speed is quite constant, many people using it pointed to sluggish speeds during peak hours. As in any kind of network, when many users access......

How To Submit Invention Ideas

When you have an idea for an invention that you consider to be worthy of a patent, it is important for you to understand the process. You need to ensure that you are filing for the patent application properly, because it can be a complicated process and it is possible to have it rejected. In addition, there are different patent application forms for a different type of invention. It is also important for you to act quickly so that you do not lose your rights to the product, if it is patented by someone else. The first thing for you to determine is if it is possible to receive a patent for your product. In order for a utility patent to be given, it must be for a useful, new and nonobvious product. It must also fall under one of the available categories, which include process, machine, artic......

Keep Calm And Respond

Emergency situations can range from criminal acts to fires, accidents, or extreme weather that has caused so much of the destructive flooding we’ve seen here in UK. The need to communicate in a timely way to the right people with the right messages is as important for local government and its agencies warning residents about incumbent weather conditions, as it is for a business needing to inform customers about a potentially dangerous product recall, as experienced by Dyson recently. However, it can be a huge challenge to contact and alert hundreds and potentially thousands of geographically dispersed individuals in a rapid and efficient way, through multiple communication channels, while delivering updates and instructions. Communication failures have historically plagued organisations in......

Know Your Cyber-Attacker: Profiling An Attacker

I remember the days when hacking was something that people did because they could. It wasn’t quite done for fun, but people wanted to show off their computer skills. More often than not, hacking was harmless, someone broke into a system and left a little calling card, but beyond that there was very little damage done. It was for the thrill as much as anything. While I suspect the Hollywood portrayal of hackers being young, socially-awkward men working on their own at a computer in their darkened bedroom was never completely accurate, there was an element of truth to it. These days that’s simply not the case. Hackers and cyber attackers can be highly-funded and well organised, and their targets can range from money to intellectual property (IP) to service disruption. Some cyber attackers ar......

Data Losses: Times Change, But The Threat Remains

In the early 90s, a National Security Agency (NSA) official wrote a memo expressing concerns about how internal IT staff could be a security risk to the organisation – a risk that was realised 23 years later by NSA contractor, Edward Snowden who disclosed top secret documents to the press, which then went viral. “It seems amazing that so few are allowed access to so much information – apparently with little or no supervision or security audits,” the official wrote, in a time when few had heard of the internet, email or had even used a personal computer. Not every business harbours such a large volume of highly confidential information, but a majority have business-critical and sensitive data, whether it’s intellectual property, financial information or employee records. How many would want......

Welcome To The Workspace Of The Future

Gartner predicts that 25% of enterprises will have implemented an app store of some kind by 2017. Enterprise app stores are seeing unparalleled levels of demand fuelled by the rapid rise in the consumerisation of IT and the need for agility in an overcrowded marketplace. With this heightened clamour comes the opportunity to innovate and reinvent enterprise computing, by introducing the ‘Workspace of the Future.’ As consumers continue to embrace the app revolution in their personal lives, they will increasingly demand the same ease of use and accessibility from their working environment. In other words, if employers don’t provide users with access to the apps that they want and need to do their job effectively they will simply get them from elsewhere, regardless of corporate policies and li......

Top Tips To Ease Daily Business Accounting Struggles

Even with a return to economic stability, entrepreneurs are faced with a number of pressures to ensure business survival. The key to longevity is to eradicate common business problems, including day-to-day frustrations such as managing accounts, which can be time consuming and costly due to cumbersome accounting requirements and processes. So how can you improve your business’s accounting efficiencies? Phill highlights a number of ways to simplify daily tasks associated with running a business and to free up your time to focus on core business activities. 1. Reporting Small business owners often waste valuable time due to accounts systems which are incapable of sufficiently updating information. Correct data will offer an accurate indication of who owes what. By using a system which allows......

The Digital Health Data Revolution: Are You Prepared?

The data revolution as it relates to digital health is already underway, but we’ve yet to scratch the surface of what’s possible. The opportunities for big data in a digital healthcare era are limitless. Pharma companies’ R&D departments, the public sector, insurance and pension providers, local authorities, private healthcare companies, emergency services and of course patients, will all benefit. Great blocks of data can now be accurately gathered and analysed for the first time, with digital health data falling into two broad groups. The first relates to “wellness”, being the type of data that a health-conscious twenty-something would find useful. The market for this type of data is already proven. Active individuals are keen on any technological application that allows t......

Microsoft Snooping Case Highlights Risk Of Hidden T&Cs In Cloud Apps

Microsoft has admitted it read the Hotmail inbox of a blogger while pursuing a software leak investigation, leading to questions about its privacy policies. The company, which owns the Hotmail e-mail service, acknowledged that it read the anonymous blogger’s e-mails after it suspected one of its employees was leaking information, saying that it had to take ‘extraordinary actions in this case’. This is a classic example of the hidden terms and conditions that exist within many cloud providers’ services. Though described as an ‘extraordinary action’, similar incidents of cloud service providers accessing our confidential data are far too common. The problem is, this is a technically legal activity that we all agree to when we sign up to certain cloud services – whether knowingly or not......

BYOD Is Here To Stay: Manage The Risk And Optimise It

With growth statistics suggesting that 40% of workers are using their personal devices to access business applications and resources, BYOD is a trend businesses can’t ignore. Although there is growing pressure on IT to manage the risk posed by BYOD, there is a real opportunity to turn BYOD to a business advantage by driving improvements in employee productivity, performance and adding extra support for the growing numbers of remote and mobile workers. Businesses benefit from employee expectations as they no longer see “work time” and “personal time” as separate categories. This is because a growing number of employees prefer to use a single tablet for work and personal use – with access to corporate email and other business applications, outside business hours......

Smart Training, Smart Results

In recession, many activities take priority over innovation. Selling, Accounts Receivable and in the worst cases Human Resources can all seem more important than diverting scarce funds into developing new routes to market, creating killer marketing plans or developing staff by reskilling them. This is understandable, but may be a false economy when business picks up and rivals are in better shape to take advantage of the eventual upturn. Deploying the latest Social Collaboration technology can both help employee productivity turn employees and even turn employees and their social networks into potential brand advocates. Investing in new systems like this though will not yield business value with the correct training plans. These days, thanks to technology, this need not be formal classroom......

Today’s Retailing Must Be A Multi-Channel Experience

With the economy in recession since 2008, many businesses have lowered their expectations on profit and have gone into survival mode, often at the expense of progress and innovation. In retail this has been particularly acute. The scale of Woolworths’ 800-store collapse in 2009 sent shockwaves throughout the industry. Retail casualties culminated in 2012 when 54 retailers went into administration including household brands like Blockbuster, HMV, Jessops and Comet. By 2013, however, we saw retail sector prospects start to improve. As the economy starts to recover businesses will need to take a hard look at how they can take measures to benefit from the long-awaited upturn and what this means to their business. Many retailers failed to innovate during the recession and this directly contribu......

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